Starr sting pain scale

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Starr sting pain scale or "A Pain Scale for Bee, Wasp, and Ant Stings" was created by the entomologist Christopher Starr as a scale to compare the overall pain of hymenopteran stings on a four-point scale.[1][2] 1 is the lowest pain rating; 4 is the highest.


Rating Insects
1.0 Southern fire ant (Solenopsis xyloni)
2.0 Honeybee, Africanized bee, bumble-bee, yellow-jacket ("common wasp")
3.0 Velvet ant, paper wasp
4.0 Tarantula hawk (Pepsis wasp)
4+ Bullet ant (Paraponera clavata)

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  1. ^ Starr, C.K. (1985). "A simple pain scale for field comparison of Hymenopteran stings" (PDF). Journal of Entomological Science. 20 (2): 225–231. 
  2. ^ Hoyt, E.; Schultz, T., eds. (2002). Insect Lives, Stories of Mystery and Romance from a Hidden World. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-471-28277-8. 

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